You know by now that we are all pork fiends in my house. 🙂 From sausages, beautiful roasted joints to chops we have it at least once a week. This tasty little recipe I have for you today is loved by all and makes for ideal family fare. Even though my Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots take some time to cook, the actual "hands on" time is not long at all so you can get on with other things (as long as you check on your chops from time to time). 🙂
Great thing about this dish is that you don't even need to sear the meat first! You simply add your chops onto your hot stock and leave them to simmer. The final result will be no less delicious and you will have wonderfully moist and tender meat without added fat. The small knob of butter for sweating the leeks is all it takes in this dish and if you trim any additional visible fat rind from your chops you can make this casserole/stew/braise even healthier. And all that wonderful added veg too!
You might want to consider making your own chicken stock to use here. It really couldn't be easier and you can have a nice stash in your freezer to take out and use whenever you need. Check out my guide on How To Make Chicken Stock in Instant Pot (with instructions for hob/stovetop users too)!
This stew freezes and reheats very well too. If you are busy and usually short on time during the week, simply prepare it in advance and reheat it adding some side dishes for a quick, mid-week dinner. You will feel so smug serving it in the middle of the busy week 🙂 ( I love that feeling)!
Serve it with some creamy mash and green or a chunk of crusty Irish Soda Bread for mopping all the lovely juices.
If you are a fan of pork and would like more related inspiration check out my Oven Baked Pork Chops with Carrots & Cheese Crust.
And now onto the recipe itself.
Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots
- 1 kg pork chops or pork loin chops approx 6
- 2 leeks approx 200g - white and light green parts
- 3 small carrots approx 280g
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 700 ml chicken stock from stock cube is fine
- 1 generous teaspoon mixed herbs
- 1 generous teaspoon sweet paprika
- small knob of unsalted butter
- salt & pepper
- 2 teaspoon cornflour
- Start by cleaning and slicing the leeks.
- Melt small knob of butter in a casserole dish and fry the leeks until they soften but don't let them brown. Add finely chopped garlic and let it fry together for another minute or two.
- Add mixed herbs, paprika and freshly ground pepper and pour over hot chicken stock. Bring to boil.
- Add pork chops, reduce the heat and simmer covered for approx. 40min. (turning the meat over half way through).
- Add peeled and chopped carrots (medium dice or half moons will be fine) and cook for another 30-40 min (covered) until pork chops are tender. Feel free to add a splash of water or more stock if needed. Taste and season with some salt and pepper if required.
- To thicken the gravy put cornflour in a small cup, add couple tablespoons of hot braising liquid and mix well. Add mixture to the pot and stir. Cook for a couple of minutes until gravy thickens.
- Sprinkle some fresh parsley over the top and serve with creamy mash and greens.
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I’m linking my Braised Pork Chops with Leeks & Carrots with the following pages:
Cook Blog Share hosted this week by Eb from Easy Peasy Foodie
Cook Once Eat Twice hosted by Corina at Searching for Spice
bryan lewis says
After cooking and placing in refrigerator overnight what is the correct way to heat up.
Hi Bryan, You can simply reheat the dish on the low heat on the hob until warmed through. Alternatively, you could reheat it in the microwave. I hope that helps.
Joanna Muller says
This recipe went down really well with the whole family, will do this again soon and this time I am try this the Slow Cooker. ?
I'm glad you all liked it Jo! I'm sure slow cooker will work just fine although I would pop it under the grill for 5 minutes at the end just to get the cheesy top nice and brown.
Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food says
We are raving, rah-rah pork fans in the Frank household, although I tend not to make pork chops very often because they're so easy to dry out. You've solved that problem for me with this gorgeous sauce! I also like your idea of making it in advance and re-heating: I actually prefer meals made the day before—they always get better after the flavors have a chance to meld! #CookOnceEatTwice
Pork chops are usually quite tricky to get right, aren't they? I think braising is the way to go with them most of the time especially as my kids will usually devour anything with sauce/gravy 🙂 "Do you want some dinner with your gravy?" lol x
Im not usually a port fan but these sound so yummy!! must add it to the weekly food shop list! #brillblogposts
Aw thank you Sarah! It's proper comfort food, I hope you like it! x
I love pork chops and so do my kiddos. We'd love your dish for our Sunday dinner. Will you come and cook for us pretty please?
Lol Thanks Mel ☺️ Would love to but think my lot may be up in arms about it as that would mean dad would be cooking for them ??? not good ?x
This looks divine Jo, I really need to cook pork chops more often! My kids would love this plus I like the sound of just letting it cook away in the pot.
Thanks so much Lucy! My lot love this dish especially when served with heaps of mash ? X
Another tasty dinner inspiration ? thanks Sis?
You're welcome ? ?
jenny walters says
These look divine.I am a pork fiend too.Def one to pin.In fact I have two pork chops in the fridge so this baby is mine tomorrow night xx
Thanks Jenny 🙂 x I so hope you like it (not that I doubt my creations or anything), it really is super tasty and such a comfort food too! Would love to hear the feedback if you decide to go for it 🙂 xx
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie says
Hello from a fellow pork fiend 😀 This looks so up my street. I am a huge fan of that kind of cooking where you have a super quick prep time followed by a long slow cook. It means I can get on with other things and I know the result will be amazing! And I always feel a little bit smug having my dinner on the go hours before I need it 😀 Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare. Eb x
Thanks Eb! 🙂 This is indeed such an easy meal and needs very little supervision only to wow you with the result! x
I am a huge fan of pork too so i will definitely have to give this one a go! x
Thanks Cat 🙂 I hope you like it as much as we all do. x
Corina Blum says
It sounds really tasty and so good that you can just cook it all together in one pot! Thanks so much for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!
Thanks Corina! Got to love one pot wonders, the less washing up the better 🙂 x